Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones takes Roger back to her simple, modest apartment for a couple of reasons. First, she wants the opportunity to talk to him and teach him a lesson about stealing. She wants him to know that she, too, once did some things in her life that she isn’t proud of. However, she turned her life around, has a job working in a hair salon, and has her own apartment as well. The one room apartment also shows Roger that she is really no different than he is. They both come from the same backgrounds and obstacles. She is not rich enough to steal from and needs every penny she earns to survive.
Taking Roger to her apartment shows him the effects of stealing from someone who is poor as well. She does give Roger $10.00 for the blue suede shoes he wants so desperately, showing him an act of kindness and also that he can earn money by getting a job for something he wants.